2010-12-31 / Community

Growing A Rockaway Beach Community

By Vivian Rattay Carter Special to The Wave

On December 23, residents of Rockaway Beach, working to create a community garden and park on an abandoned lot received an early Christmas present from the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The Rockaways District of the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation donated more than forty untreated hardwood timbers to the Beach 91 Street Community Garden.

The community garden, led by Tim Hill and numerous community residents and local surfers, is currently being developed in an effort to strengthen community bonds and provide healthy, community-based activities and green space for residents and visitors of Rockaway Beach.

NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation retired the nearly 12 tons of hardwood timbers in a recent Rockaway Beach Boardwalk renovation at Beach 52nd Street. These timbers, representing the history of Rockaway and our unique oceanfront boardwalk, will continue to play a role in the positive growth of the community as they are transitioned into more than 30 raised bed garden boxes.

Also, as fiscal concerns loom over community projects, residents are excited to see the willingness of city agencies to work with do-it-yourself community activists to minimize costs by coordinating efforts and reusing “retired” materials locally.

In addition to the Parks Dept., others instrumental to reclaiming these timbers include: Steve Stathis, owner: Boarder’s Surf Shop; Jim Bulloch of Bulloch’s of Belle Harbor Towing and several volunteer residents and surfers who, despite the cold weather and busy holiday schedules, worked to load, transport and unload these materials as a way to give back to Rockaway Beach in true holiday spirit.

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